Stoke 2 - Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings and
DATE: 05.11.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK
Unlucky must be the
description on the game v. Stoke. Taking the lead twice and also
having a third goal disalloved for offside was the content of this
Leicester put pressure on Stoke right from the
start and with Gareth Southgate in the stands watching, it was a
game to show what you were worth and giving that extra litte push.
Manager Claude Puel made one change from the Everton game, giving
Shinji Okazaki the chance to start instead of an injured Ben
Chilwell. This ment that Puel changed back to basic with Okazaki
behind Vardy with Gray and Mahrez out wide.
To see a City team equal on possesion is of course good, and after
33 minutes it was time for the blue to deliver. A corner headed down
by Maguire, ended up in Vicente Iborra's feet and he smashed the
ball in via Stoke's goalkeeper Jack Butland.
The defending in this game was not up to the level of performance we
would like to see from a City team and after 39 minutes Shaqiri got
a chance after a terrible error at the left side by City. The Swizz
international suddenly was all alone and scored from a distance shot.
This was a mistakte, that if it repeats itself will punish City hard
in the future. Especially central defenders Morgan and Maguire must
be blamed for the organising and how they pushed up without having
cover and leaving Shaqiri totally blank.
1-1 was ok after first half, but would have loved to see the City
team keeping their lead and defending better. Things looked a bit
shivering and especially Okazaki lost the ball a number of times in
crucial situations that made it possible for Stoke to counter attack.
Puel had the team well prepared for 2nd half and it was City that
showed most power with this ending in a great goal scored from Riyad
Mahrez. He really twisted and turned the Stoke defence and his goal
was one great, lovely to see.
Again City were in the lead and things looked settled and well
organised. Iheanacho came in for Okazaki after 58 minutes, just two
minutes before the goal and he also could have scored, and he did,
but it was correctly blown for an offside.
Iheanacho was also clear on goal in another attempt, but the pass
from Vardy never found the Nigerian international. The fact that the
defence again missed out on a set piece, a corner in the 73rd minute,
made it possible for Crouch to score, and settle it all 2-2.
Iborra looking more and more comfortable in midfield, definately
becoming a key player
Two goals scored away
Gray first half
Schmeichel making crucial saves, keeping Leicester in the game
Gray in the first half, great performace
Taking the lead twice
Getting a point away is ok wherever you go
Five games unbeaten in the Premier League
Not able to keep a lead, letting it slip twice
Poor defending at times, that cost us three points
Iborra out injured, King not able to be the cover he should
Gray 2nd half, not involved
Magurie not up to his best level, sadly
Iheancho not able to convert and struggles to get out of offside,
looks a bit confused
Schmeichel 8, Simpson 6, Fuchs 5, Maguire 5, Morgan 5, Ndidi 6, Iborra 8,
Okazaki 6, Gray 7, Vardy 6, Mahrez 7
Subs: King, Albrighton, Iheanacho
Possession: 51 % / 49 %
Corners: 4 / 10
Shots on target: 6 / 2
Shots wide: 2 / 4
Fouls: 12 / 8
Offsides: 0 / 5
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